Tuesday, June 30, 2015

American Politics In A Nutshell

From a newsletter I subscribe to:

“From education to the environment, business to banking, housing to health care,” James Corbett says in one thought-provoking Corbett Report video, Divide and Conquer, “it seems that there is no issue in the world that the industrialized western democracies cannot reduce to a simplistic paradigm of “liberal” vs “conservative.” 
“In fact, this point has been so hardwired into the modern political system that it has been distilled into a childlike shorthand: political positions are “left” or “right,” “blue” or “red.”
“These convenient, color-coded political choices infantilize the political process, making the public little more than spectators at a sporting event, rooting for one team or another without even having to understand the issues being debated. 
“This inane lowest-common-denominator reduction of all political thought has taken its toll on the public. Many are now unable to conceive of what a political movement that is not attached to one or the other ends of this so-called “spectrum” would look like.

I also subscribe to the Corbett Report podcast, but I haven't gotten to that episode yet.

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